Helen Zille

Helen Zille
  • Premier of the Western Cape Province, South Africa

BA, University of Witwatersrand. 1974-82, Political Correspondent, Rand Daily Mail, South African Associated Newspapers; 1989-93, Senior Partner, Zille Shandler Associates, a public policy consultancy; 1993-99, Director of Communications, University of Cape Town; 1999-2004, Member of Provincial Parliament; 1999-2001, MEC for Education in Western Cape; since 2004, Member of Parliament; National Spokesperson, Democratic Alliance (DA); Spokesperson on Education; 2007, National Leader, Democratic Alliance; since May 2009, Premier of the Western Cape Province, following national and provincial government elections. 1980s-1990s, board and NGO memberships, Open Society; early 90s, Technical Adviser, DP at CODESA; 2002, Caucus Chair, Western Cape Legislature; 2002-03, Caucus Leader, Western Cape Legislature; one of three Federal Vice-Chairs, DA; Chair, Western Cape Metro Region; constituency responsibility for N2 Development LMC (28 wards); fundraiser at national, provincial and regional level for DA.